MAKS Airshow opens to public, wowing enthusiasts

Russian Sukhoi Su-30SM jet fighters perform during a demonstration flight at the MAKS-2019 air show in Zhukovsky outside Moscow, Russia August 29, 2019. (Photo by Reuters)

The 14th International Aviation and Space Salon (MAKS) first opened to the public on Friday in the Russian city of Zhukovsky, attracting and wowing crowds of enthusiasts.

As the biggest highlight of this year's air show, the Su-57E fighter jet, export variant of Russia’s new-generation fighter aircraft lured many visitors and photographers to its exclusive exhibition area.

Visitors said that the fighter not only represents the advances of the country’s aviation technology, but also inspires people's patriotism.

"We can say this is our pride. It represents the strength of our national defense, and it is where our national power lies in. I think everyone who visits the airshow will think the same," said a Russian visitor.

Russia's MS-21 passenger jetliner also gets much attention against the backdrop of the troubled Boeing 737 MAX. The jetliner which accommodates 150 to 211 passengers made its maiden flight in 2017. A fan from Australia thinks highly of its promising market prospects.

"This is new technology that taking a lot of time to get the engines right. They have got the first fiber glass wings. It's new technology. This is not the 20th century. This is the lightest technology, so I will be very happy to fly with them," said the Australian visitor.

Besides the exhibition area, the sponsor also introduced aerobatic flight shows which excited the visitors.

The MAKS was launched in 1993 and has since been held every two years. This year's event runs from Tuesday until Sunday.

(Source: Reuters)

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